Bartolo Colon, now of the New York Yankees, underwent a controversial stem-cell treatment
in the Dominican Republic to regain his old form.
The recently retired Manny Ramirez was one of the most inscrutable players in recent history. Ben McGrath of the New Yorker attempted to figure out Ramirez's motivations in this 2007 piece
Retired MLB star Mark McGwire admits taking steroids.
In an interview with ESPN, McGwire admits he used injectable steroids*, but for injuries. He claimed he could hit home runs without them. [more inside]
In 2003, Major League Baseball ran a testing survey to see if they had a steroid problem. They did
, but the names of the 104 players testing positive were kept secret. Today, one of the names was revealed: Alex Rodriguez
Steroids, "Other Drugs," and Baseball:
a Voice of Scepticism on the Impact of Steroids
on Major League Baseball. Eric Walker suggests a "juiced" ball made much more of an effect than PEDs
So, who doesn't use steroids or HGH?
So what do you do when MVP winners, Cy Young award winners and some World Series winners all have cheated?
Any ideas? [more inside]
has an excerpt from the upcoming book Game of Shadows
. The book claims to have detailed evidence of heavy drug use by Barry Bonds. Tom Verducci of SI (who has a Hall of Fame vote) has suggested this will keep him out of the Hall and is damning as the Dowd Report
, which lead to a lifetime ban for Pete Rose. Would this provide any kind of closure to the steroid era? If Bonds does not sue, is that as good as an admission? And although his motives can be considered dubious, did Jose Canseco end up becoming a savior of baseball?
Rafael Palmeiro suspended for steroid use by Major League Baseball
The first big name MLB player to be suspended for violating the leagues steriod policy testified to Congress about use of the drug in baseball after being named a user in Jose Canseco's book. "Good morning, Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. My name is Rafael Palmeiro and I am a professional baseball player. I'll be brief in my remarks today. Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids. Period. I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never. The reference to me in Mr. Canseco's book is absolutely false. I am against the use of steroids. I don't think athletes should use steroids and I don't think our kids should use them. That point of view is one, unfortunately, that is not shared by our former colleague, Jose Canseco. Mr. Canseco is an unashamed advocate for increased steroid use by all athletes."
Bonds said he unknowingly used steroids
Following up on yesterday's article on Giambi's grand jury testimony,
the SF Chronicle reports that Bonds admitted using steroids, but didn't know what they were at the time
Gary Sheffield said something very similar
in October, and was not penalized by baseball
, nor by public opinion
. Meanwhile, the Yankees are reportedly trying to void Giambi's contract
. What will the fallout be from the Bonds story?
Yankee Star Admits Steroid Use.
Jason Giambi finally came clean. Will this lead to the confession of other baseball players? Barry Bonds - the heat is on. Or are you in "the clear"?
So Jason Giambi (likely) has amoebas in his intestines.
Funny, this is the kind of potentially fatal illness
someone gets when their immune system is weakened by anabolic steroids.
A good doctor of a professional athelete is going to tell his patient "if you want to, you know, live through this, stop taking steroids."
Maybe that's why Giambi is only hitting .220 and looks like
a pale facsimile
of his former self
. So given the BALCO investigation
and baseball's utter unwillingness to address this issue seriously
, how much longer do these guys get away with asking "Who you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes?
" before a prominent player goes the way of Lyle Alzado
? Is it none of our business? Are steroids just part of modern sports?
(Note to young sportswriters: Always make your steroid question your last question.)
Sports Illustrated Übercolumnist Rick Reilly asks Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa if he would be willing to undergo a test for steroids. After all, Sosa has said he would be "first in line" if baseball required tests for steroids. Reilly asks, "Well, why wait? Why not step up right now and be tested? You show everybody you're clean."
Sosa chuckles ruefully, pats Reilly on the back, and replies, "No, sir, that would weaken the player's union, and besides, your question is quite inappropriate."
Just kidding. Actually, Sosa yells and screams. His answer includes the word "motherfucker." "You're not my father," he tells Reilly.
Journalists writing to the letters page
of Jim Romenesko's Media News disagree on the appropriateness of Reilly's request.